Lena Dunham Thinks People Writing For Money Is “Weird,” Is Out Of Touch

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Lena Dunham thinks that it’s such a weird idea that people write for money and not “to figure things out.”

I would like to point out that Lena Dunham has a 3.5 million dollar book deal.

Look, I am a strong proponent of writing for money. I believe, whenever possible, you should write things and get paid for them. I think it’s a good idea for you, as a writer, to consider that your words have value, especially in an age where if you write anything of note you will be ripped apart by commenters. When you are being torn apart, it is a comforting thing to remind yourself that you were paid to write, and they were not.

I also believe that writing for money makes you a better writer, because it forces you to learn how to write for different publications in a way that people want to read. If I was writing solely to “figure things out” I would still be writing extremely bizarre Snape-Hermione fanfiction on my personal blog. If you cannot sell your work, maybe you are too modern for the time you live in. That’s possible. But maybe you just need to refine your skills to make them, well, better. Payment is a very good gauge in determining whether or not what you are producing strikes people other than you as valuable.

I know that I’ve said all of this before.

But comments like this seem to indicate that Lena Dunham, for all I know she is supposed to be the voice of our generation, has no idea what it is to have to worry about paying rent. I cannot really imagine that she would be able to say that you should really just write to express yourself if she was not making millions off her projects. Because then, among other things, she would be worrying about paying her rent, like everyone else.

And just when I was getting to a point where I thought I’d like Girls, too.

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    • Candace

      I do not like her.
      I like $55,000 Olsen twin backpacks more than I like Lena Dunham.

    • Lauren

      And this statement makes me not want to give Girls another try.

      More importantly, can you please post some Snape-Hermione fan fiction please?

    • anya

      Do people really think that when someone disagrees with them? hmm maybe Lindsey Lohan thinks the same thing whenever you/other non-actors insult her acting

      • anya

        just a thought. i never saw Liz and Dick so I don’t know whether Lindsey is still a good actor

    • http://www.fantabulouslyfrugal.com/ FantabulouslyFrugal.com

      Any time I see things Lena Dunham has said my belief that she’s out of touch with the real world is reinforced.

    • LikeSparkles

      Who cares about Lena Dunham… you write fanfiction too?? I’ve never commented here before, but the Snape-Hermione fanfiction comment totally caught my attention… I am almost certain that this is something I would be interested in reading. Is there a way to still find this on the internet?? I think I’d enjoy almost anything written by you… and Ashley Cardiff cause she is also awesome and your conversation posts are my favorite.

    • jgfj

      God Girls is so annoying

    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright
    • http://twitter.com/JenAshleyWright Jennifer Wright
    • Formerly Known As

      Lena Dunham comes from a wealthy arty New York family so of course she doesn’t have to think about writing for money. That’s the whole backstory of her character on Girls. She is so offended that her parents won’t support her while she writes-not-for-money.

      I watched the first two episodes of Girls and kept waiting for something to happen. Nothing happens. It’s all about Lena’s clever dialog,. except it’s not clever & nothing happens. (Sorry, I’m still bitter that Sex In The City degenerated from the glorious TV series into two silly definitely-for-the-money crappy movies)

    • Austin Lord

      i don’t care what anyone says, Girls is my favorite show. how can some of you sit there and say nothing happens in the show? what really happens in every day Brooklyn? nothing, if you don’t live there then don’t speak. Watching the girls grow in the show is great